Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie says he’ll resign after he was ‘inappropriately’ referenced in Trump tweet: ‘I do not recall’ – Honolulu Star Advertiser
A Hawaii governor has said he will resign after the president used the term “Hawaii” and referred to him as a “Hawaiian.”
“I did not recall this, and I’m very disappointed,” Gov.
Shawn O’Neil told reporters on Tuesday.
O’Neil said he and his wife were on their way to Hawaii for the holiday weekend and the president made a comment about Hawaii, prompting him to get up and walk away.
He said he had never heard of the phrase “Hawanaian” before the incident and did not think the phrase was a racially charged term.
Otani said he has not spoken to the president since the incident but he added that the governor “is not the only person who has been inappropriately mentioned in the White House.”
“We are in a delicate balance between keeping the Hawaiian people safe and making sure we do not alienate the people who live in Hawaii,” he said.
Ole Kanae, who is the first black governor in Hawaii, said the comments are unacceptable and that he will not stand for the continuation of O’Neill’s leadership.
The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources said it has launched an investigation into the comments.
O’Neal told reporters the comments were not meant to be a racial slur but were meant to indicate a preference for Hawaii and that the remark was made to honor the state of Hawaii.
O-Ne’Aekele, a political science professor at University of Hawaii, College of Arts and Sciences, said he was not surprised by the governor’s decision.
Omaha’s mayor has also called the comments “unacceptable” and O’Neale’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.